Global Powerline Carrier Market 2016-2020

  • Published: May 2016
  • Pages: 60
  • SKU: IRTNTR9459

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This market research study presents a comprehensive analysis of the global powerline carrier market by application (smart grid, indoor networking, lighting, and M2M), by technology (narrowband PLC and broadband PLC), and by geography (Americas, APAC, and EMEA). Leading vendors in the market are Atmel, Lantiq Semiconductor, Marvell Technology, Cypress Semiconductor, Echelon, Lumenpulse, Maxim Integrated, Semitech Semiconductor, and STMicroelectronics.

Overview of the powerline carrier market

According to the analysts at Technavio, the global powerline carrier market is envisaged to witness impressive growth and will post a CAGR of more than 9% over the forecast period. One of the key factors driving the growth of this market is the increasing adoption of powerline communication (PLC) in lighting applications. Lighting applications use PLC for street lighting automation, including car park lighting, roadways lighting, tunnel lighting, and urban lighting. Since street lighting comprises more than 20% of worldwide electricity consumption and is one of the major expenses for governments and large enterprises, it has prompted governments to move towards automated street lighting networks. As PLC technology does not require the installation of new wires and saves on operational costs, it is gaining traction among government organizations as a preferred technology for automating street lighting networks. Lighting systems can be connected to a network on existing power lines, and the communication can be maintained even underground and through walls. Moreover, PLC technology is allowing countries to shift to LED street lighting and controls at minimum expenditure, which is likely to propel the growth prospects of this market in the coming years.

The increasing development of smart cities and smart homes worldwide is one of the emerging trends spurring the growth prospects of this market over the forecast period. The growing emphasis on energy conservation and resource management is contributing to the development of smart cities and smart homes around the world.  PLC technology enables data transmission on existing electrical power lines, and thus it is emerging to be one of the preferred technologies for home automation and smart cities. Moreover, the smart home market is expected to witness tremendous growth by 2020 due to the rising number of connected smart home devices. The development of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart lighting in smart cities are also attributed to the growth of this market over the next four years.

Segmentation by technology and analysis of the powerline carrier market

  • Narrowband PLC
  • Broadband PLC

During 2015, the broadband PLC segment dominated the market and accounted for more than 55% of the market share in terms of revenue. Broadband PLC provides high data transfer rate at a shorter distance, and therefore, better suited for high-bandwidth and content-rich applications like audio, video, gaming, and the Internet. Moreover, it also widely used for indoor networking, which requires high data transfer speeds at short range. These factors have led to the increasing adoption of broadband PLC until the end of 2020.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the powerline carrier market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In terms of geography, EMEA dominated the market and is expected to reach more than USD 2 billion by 2020. The growth of this market in EMEA is attributed to the fact that governments of countries like Africa, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands are increasingly focussing on replacing their aging electrical grids with smart grids.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global powerline carrier market is characterized by the presence of several well-established vendors. The vendor competition is likely to intensify with the entry of a large number of PLC providers in the market space. The vendors in the market are developing application-specific PLC systems and are categorized into two technology segments – broadband PLC and narrowband PLC.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Amtel
  • Lantiq Semiconductor
  • Marvell Technology
  • Maxim Integrated
  • Sigma Designs
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Echelon
  • Lumenpulse
  • Semitech Semiconductor
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Texas Instruments
  • Yitran Technologies

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global powerline carrier market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global powerline carrier market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth for powerline carriers?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global powerline carrier market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global powerline carrier market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global powerline carrier market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Base year
  • Market coverage
  • Market size calculation
  • Geographical segmentation
  • Vendor segmentation
  • Common currency conversion rates

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Advantages of PLC technology
  • Disadvantages of PLC technology

PART 05: Summary of key figures

PART 06: Technology landscape

  • PLC system

PART 07: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast

PART 08: Impact of macroeconomic factors on market

  • Currency exchange rate
  • Inflation
  • Interest rate
  • Five forces analysis

PART 09: Market segmentation  by application

  • Smart grid
  • Indoor networking
  • Lighting
  • M2M
  • Others

PART 10: Market segmentation by technology

PART 11: Geographical segmentation

  • EMEA
  • Americas
  • APAC

PART 12: Market drivers

  • Increased diversity in IoT standards
  • Development of PLC standards
  • Adoption of PLC in lighting applications
  • Rise in power prices

PART 13: Impact of drivers

PART 14: Market challenges

  • Increase in adoption of wireless communication technologies
  • Lack of a universally acceptable standard
  • Rise in implementation of optical fiber cable for communication
  • Limitations of PLC technology
  • Signal degradation by interference

PART 15: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 16: Market trends

  • Rise in adoption of AMI
  • Implementation of PLC in smart grid applications
  • Smart cities and smart homes to drive adoption of PLC

PART 17: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario

PART 18: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 19: Explore Technavio


Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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